ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Houston Astros announced the coaching staffs for their minor league affiliates on Thursday afternoon, including that of the Round Rock Express. A trio of coaches will be making their Triple-A debuts in 2019, led by Manager Mickey Storey .
Joining Storey on his staff in Round Rock are Pitching Coach Drew French and Hitting Coach Ben Rosenthal. Additional coaches, trainers and strength and conditioning staff will be announced at a later date.
Storey joins the Express from the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits, where he began his managerial career in 2018. The 32-year-old skipper led the River Bandits to an 81-59 record a year ago, the second-best mark in the Midwest League and the club's highest win total since 2015. Prior to his time in Quad Cities, Storey served as the development coach at Class A-Advanced Buies Creek in 2017. The former right-handed pitcher had a nine-year professional playing career that included one season with the Astros in 2012 in which he posted a 3.86 ERA in 26 appearances with the Major League club.
Storey was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he attended nearby Deerfield Beach High School before moving on to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He was drafted twice in his career, first by the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round of the 2007 MLB Draft and again by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round of the 2008 MLB Draft. During his nine-year professional career, Storey pitched at every level of affiliated baseball, including stints with Sacramento and Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League. He also posted winter ball stints in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela. He finished his playing career in 2016 following two seasons with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. In total, the righty amassed a career 3.52 ERA in 385 games.
French enters his fourth season in the Astros organization but his first at the Triple-A level. He helped to build championship clubs in each of the last two seasons, serving as the pitching coach for the 2018 Carolina League Champion Buies Creek Astros as well as the 2017 Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits. He began his Astros career as a coach with the Short Season Tri-City Valley Cats in 2016.
A native of Austin, French attended Stephen F. Austin High School and Concordia University, graduating in 2006 with a degree in marketing and management. He was named a three-time Academic All-Southwestern Conference selection during his playing career at Concordia. The 35-year-old served as the Director of Baseball Operations for the University of Alabama from 2009-2011 before acting as the pitching coach at Florida International University from 2012-2013 and Lee University from 2014-2015.
Rosenthal begins his third season within the Astros organization after serving as the hitting coach for championship clubs in each of his first two seasons with Houston, including 2018 at Buies Creek and 2017 at Quad Cities. The former catcher posted a four-year professional career, with two seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and two seasons in the independent leagues. The 39-year-old last suited up for the El Paso Diablos in 2006 before transitioning into a coaching role. Rosenthal served as an assistant coach at Universal City High School in San Diego before moving on to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. He moved back to San Diego in 2013 to serve as the head coach for Mira Mesa High School. His last coaching position before joining the Astros was at Point Loma Nazarene University from 2014-2016.
Originally born in Phoenix, Rosenthal grew up in Las Vegas, where he attended Green Valley High School. After two years of playing junior college baseball at Riverside City College, he transferred to San Diego State University, where he completed his degree in kinesiology with a supplement in introductory sciences. He later earned a master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.
The Express open their historic 20th anniversary season on the road against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Miami Marlins affiliate) on Thursday, April 4 before returning to Dell Diamond on Tuesday, April 9 for a five-game series against the Nashville Sounds (Texas Rangers affiliate). Season memberships and flex plan ticket packages are on sale now.
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